A messaging application for making free voice and video calls
With more than 250 million users today, you can't overestimate the value of Skype. The popular video calling program lets you send messages, make voice calls and even chat via video calls from an Android. As long as you have an internet connection through 3G or Wi-Fi, you can speak with others. Beyond any doubt, the video calls rest on the top pedestal, but Skype offers so much more. For example, you can make VoIP phone calls and send free text messages to your friends. In addition, the emoticons spice up your conversations and make them more lively.
Along with those features, you can also share pictures and files like text documents with your friends and colleagues. A lot of businesses have taken a liking to the program because of the versatile communication. Since its first installment, the developers have simplified the program to present a more polished interface. In addition, the software designers improved the quality of the video calls since the first version. As long as you have a high-speed internet connection, you should experience few problems with video calling, outside occasional blurring of the images.
Skype makes business meetings easier than ever before considering up to 25 people can attend a group call. In addition, you can add 300 people to group chat. The wide availability of this program has also made it popular. For example, you can access it from tablets, smartphones, Macs and PCs and stay connected with friends and family even when you live on the other side of the globe. You can also meet friends on the other side of the globe!
- Add up to 25 people to video chat
- Keep in touch with friends and family
- Wide platform accessibility
- Share files and pictures with ease
- Video quality—while reliable—still needs work
What's new in this version?
- Spread a little extra holiday cheer! Share a personalized holiday message with your loved ones. Tap the “+” button on the lower right, then select the snowflake icon.
- Now you can @mention your Skype contacts and bots in a group chat.
- Resolved sign in issue for users with multiple accounts.
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Potentially dangerous permissions
- ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION: Allows an app to access precise location. Alternatively, you might want ACCESS_COARSE_LOCATION.
- CALL_PHONE: Allows an application to initiate a phone call without going through the Dialer user interface for the user to confirm the call.
- CAMERA: Required to be able to access the camera device.
- GET_ACCOUNTS: Allows access to the list of accounts in the Accounts Service.
- READ_CONTACTS: Allows an application to read the user's contacts data.
- READ_EXTERNAL_STORAGE: Allows an application to read from external storage.
- READ_PHONE_STATE: Allows read only access to phone state, including the phone number of the device, current cellular network information, the status of any ongoing calls, and a list of any PhoneAccounts registered on the device.
- READ_SMS: Allows an application to read SMS messages.
- RECEIVE_SMS: Allows an application to receive SMS messages.
- RECORD_AUDIO: Allows an application to record audio.
- WRITE_CONTACTS: Allows an application to write the user's contacts data.
- WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE: Allows an application to write to external storage.
- ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE: Allows applications to access information about networks.
- ACCESS_WIFI_STATE: Allows applications to access information about Wi-Fi networks.
- BLUETOOTH: Allows applications to connect to paired bluetooth devices.
- BROADCAST_STICKY: Allows an application to broadcast sticky intents. These are broadcasts whose data is held by the system after being finished, so that clients can quickly retrieve that data without having to wait for the next broadcast.
- CHANGE_WIFI_STATE: Allows applications to change Wi-Fi connectivity state.
- DISABLE_KEYGUARD: Allows applications to disable the keyguard if it is not secure.
- GET_TASKS: This constant was deprecated in API level 21. No longer enforced.
- INTERNET: Allows applications to open network sockets.
- MODIFY_AUDIO_SETTINGS: Allows an application to modify global audio settings.
- READ_SYNC_SETTINGS: Allows applications to read the sync settings.
- READ_SYNC_STATS: Allows applications to read the sync stats.
- RECEIVE_BOOT_COMPLETED: Allows an application to receive the ACTION_BOOT_COMPLETED that is broadcast after the system finishes booting. If you don't request this permission, you will not receive the broadcast at that time. Though holding this permission does not have any security implications, it can have a negative impact on the user experience by increasing the amount of time it takes the system to start and allowing applications to have themselves running without the user being aware of them. As such, you must explicitly declare your use of this facility to make that visible to the user.
- SYSTEM_ALERT_WINDOW: Allows an app to create windows using the type TYPE_SYSTEM_ALERT, shown on top of all other apps. Very few apps should use this permission; these windows are intended for system-level interaction with the user.
- VIBRATE: Allows access to the vibrator.
- WAKE_LOCK: Allows using PowerManager WakeLocks to keep processor from sleeping or screen from dimming.
- WRITE_SETTINGS: Allows an application to read or write the system settings.
- WRITE_SYNC_SETTINGS: Allows applications to write the sync settings.